Shropshire Rescue Dog ‘Orphan Annie’ Still Desperate For A Home More Than Six Months After Losing Her Owner And Then Her Canine Best Friend

A SHROPSHIRE dog recue is making a special appeal for an elderly dog known affectionately as Orphan Annie after her owner died and her canine companion was offered a home without her.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers Annie, 8, and Kane, 10, were much loved pets who only found themselves in rescue after the person they thought of as their dad died.

Life in kennels was made easier for the friendly pair as they had each other for company, but despite an appeal in the local news in May 2015, no one could be found willing to take on both dogs. So when an adopter was found to offer a good home to Kane a difficult decision was taken to rehome the dogs separately in order to give them both the best chance of finding a loving family.

Andrea Newton, of Finding Furever Homes, which cares for Annie in partnership with a kennels near Condover, Shropshire, said: “Finding anyone to take on just one dog can be a challenge but a pair of dogs is even harder.

“Annie and Kane had actually only been together for a year before they came to us but since they had already lost the human they loved we wanted to try and find them a home together.

“However, despite advertising online and via social media and managing to get the story in the local news in May 2015 – no one came forward wanting to adopt them both, so we had to accept it was then in their best interests to accept separate homes if need be.”

Kane was offered a home several months ago and has settled in very well, but Annie is still waiting for a new family to come along and offer her the love and companionship she needs.

Annie is being cared for at a private boarding kennels so will be rehomed through Finding Furever Homes, which sponsors her place there and is happy for her to be rehomed anywhere in England and Wales subject to suitable home checks.

Andrea said: “Annie is a very sweet little dog with a lovely happy face and a wonderful nature and it breaks our hearts to see there has been no interest in her.

“Despite losing her owner and having had a difficult time she is still very happy, which is why she got the nickname Orphan Annie.

“Annie gets lot of love and attention at the kennels but it isn’t a substitute for a family of her own and we would love to see her out of kennels and in a home before the Christmas holidays.”

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Finding Furever Homes, which celebrated its first anniversary as a registered charity on 10 January 2014, has already helped rehome 310 dogs (178 since it was officially registered by the charity commission) and donated over £45,000 to help cover the vet and food bills of canines being cared for in other rescue charities across England and Wales.

Unlike many dog rescues, Finding Furever Homes never set out to compete with existing charities or build dog rescue facilities of its own but rather to take a pragmatic approach and support smaller dog rescues which already exist throughout England and Wales.